BSD News 4/11/13

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FreeBSD 10.0-BETA2 Available 

The second BETA build for the FreeBSD-10.0 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

OpenBSD 5.4 Released!

November 1st 2013, Calgary, Alberta and elsewhere:
The OpenBSD project has announced the release of OpenBSD 5.4, the project's 35th release on a steady six month release cycle.
You can order a CDROM set to help support the project.
Notable advancements include new or extended platforms like octeon and beagle, moving VAX to ELF format, improved hardware support including Kernel Mode Setting (KMS), overhauled inteldrm(4), experimental support for fuse(4), reworked checksum handling for network protocols, OpenSMTPD 5.3.3, OpenSSH 6.3, over 7,800 ports, and many other improvements and additions.

Other News

New ideas for Capsicum and DragonFly 

Joris Giovannangeli, who worked on porting Capsicum to DragonFly for Summer of Code 2013, is continuing his work.  He’s posted a detailed note on how to do capability management in a new way, with it retaining compatibility with FreeBSD’s capsicum implementation.

Getting to know your [email protected] — Bernhard Froehlich

In our ongoing series on getting to know your [email protected], we talk to Bernhard Frölich, the one who brought us

OpenBSD Adds Unattended Installation Support

Uwe Stühler ([email protected]) has added preliminary support for unattended OpenBSD installation (think Kickstart or Cobbler) for OpenBSD. Read more...

EuroBSDCon Trip Report: Isabell Long
The next trip report is from Isabell Long.
EuroBSDCon Trip Report: Mike Ma
The next trip report is from Mike Ma.

Bryan Drewery has announced the availability of the official FreeBSD pkgng repository:

We are pleased to announce that official binary packages are now available for pkg, the next generation package management tool for FreeBSD.

Pkg allows you to either use ports with portmaster/portupgrade or to have binary remote packages without ports.

We have binary packages available for i386 and amd64 on 8.3, 8.4, 9.1, 9.2, 10.0, and 11 (head).

Pkg will be the default starting in FreeBSD 10.

Happy 20th Birthday FreeBSD!

In honor of the 20th birthday of FreeBSD, we've reconstituted FreeBSD 1.0 on Qemu.  We had some help from Warren Block's  post over at.  Nonetheless, it was a significant challenge.

 -CURRENT Events | BSD Now 9

We've got an interview with Henning Brauer about OpenBSD's pf firewall, a tutorial on how to follow the -STABLE and -CURRENT branches of FreeBSD, a recap of what happened at vBSDCon this year.

b2k13 hackathon report: Landry Breuil ([email protected]) on mozilla and other porting projects 

Next in line with his tale from the b2k13 hackathon in Berlin is Landry Breuil ([email protected]).

Newcons system console project update

Alekandr Rybalko continues to make good progress on the FreeBSD-Foundation sponsored Newcons project.  This project will provide a replacement for the legacy syscons system console.  Newcons provides a number of improvements, including better integration with graphics modes, and broader character set support.

Code stuff:
PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 11/1/13
In Other BSDs for 2013/11/02 

bsdtalk233 – From GCC to LLVM/CLANG with David Chisnall

Recording of the vBSDCon 2013 talk "Migrating from GCC to LLVM/CLANG" with David Chisnall.

File Info: 1hour, 31MB.

Ogg Link:

Did I miss something important? Let the others know in comments! 

Thanks for reading!

Jan Hovancik

software developer - guitar player - poetry lover